Q&A with Karen Perry
The Innocent Sleep what's the elevator pitch?
Harry and Robin have returned to Dublin from Tangiers after an earthquake that claimed the life of their three-year-old son, Dillon.
5 years later, on the crowded streets of Dublin, Harry sees a boy, a boy he is convinced is his dead son. This sighting turns their world upside-down as Harry and Robin's marriage plunges into a spiral of doubt, guilt and crazed obsession.
The Innocent Sleep is a fast, edgy, poignant read, full of suspense and surprises.
What do you enjoy reading?
Paul: I'm always reading something. At the moment, I'm engrossed by Tana French's novels set in Dublin around a Murder Squad. Compelling stories and brilliant writing.
I also love books by Gillian Flynn, S.J Watson, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane.
Karen: At the moment, I'm reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Favourite books of late have been Broken Harbour by Tana French, Sister by Rosamund Lupton, and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson.
This is your first collaboration. How do you divide up the work?
The two novels we have written have both male and female protagonists. So early on in the writing process we split the writing up, each of us taking alternating chapters. During the extensive re-writes, it's all hands on deck and we re-write our own and each other's chapters many times!
The process is full of the frisson of collaborative work: discussion, disagreement, resolution, execution!
Perhaps, it's more like the way a script is made ideas fired back and forth between us rather than the lonely writer in his or her garret.
Are there plans for more books under the Karen Perry pseudonym?
Yes. We're currently finishing a new novel called Carry Me Home a tense, psychological thriller set in Ireland and Kenya. It's about a childhood secret that comes back to haunt in adult life. The story begins in Kenya where a young girl loses her life in a tragic accident. For the three children who were present at her death, each of them carries a burden of guilt. Years later, one of the children, now an adult, goes missing under mysterious circumstances. For the two that remain, it becomes clear that the sins of childhood must now be atoned for.
We think it as thrilling and engrossing a read as The Innocent Sleep.